Within the Office of Multicultural Affairs are two administrative positions ─the Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs and the Director of Multicultural Affairs/International Student Counselor. The AVP for Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs has oversight of several offices in the Division of Student Affairs including the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Student Engagement, the Career Development Center and co-supervises the Student Life Coordinator. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to serving as Chair of the Multicultural Advisory Board, Co-Chair- Service Learning Committee, Chair– Campus Culture Committee, developing community partnerships and diversity workshops. The Director of Multicultural Affairs/International Student Counselor coordinates monthly programs for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, LGBT, Native American, and Asian American, provides support to degree-seeking international students as the Designated Primary School Official and Responsible Officer, serves as on the planning committee for the Guatemala Service Learning trip, and advises BellarM.E.N.
Educational programs are offered on a monthly basis to ensure students have ample opportunities to engage in endeavors throughout their undergraduate and graduate experiences that encourage an examination of various dimensions of diversity. Co-curricular activities such as speakers, documentaries, and plays require students to think reflectively and deeply about their opinions and worldviews, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will develop the requisite skills needed to exist in an interdependent and global community.
Working collaboratively with the International Programs Office, Enrollment Management and the Athletics Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs offers guidance and support to international students during their transition to Bellarmine University, specifically in the areas of federal policies and regulations. Additionally, the Office of Multicultural Affairs offers international students opportunities to expand their understanding of U.S. culture and traditions by encouraging them to participate in campus activities. International students are also offered opportunities to share their experiences and cultures with other exchange and U.S. students to increase understanding of each other’s home countries and cultures.
Staff and Faculty Initiatives
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Counseling Center facilitate a two-hour workshop for staff which focuses on diversity-related issues such as the role and importance of diversity in the workplace and the meaning and impact of privilege. The objective of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for employees to engage in a critical dialogue that broadens and deepens their understanding of diversity on a personal and organizational level. Another program available to staff and faculty is Dialogue on Diversity, a monthly series where researchers, representatives from community organizations and Bellarmine faculty and staff share their expertise in areas related to diversity.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with external stakeholders in the Louisville community that support the mission of Bellarmine University. To this end, the Office of Multicultural Affairs has created partnerships with several organizations such as The Steward’s Staff, Nativity Academy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Adelante! Hispanic Achievers. The objective of these partnerships is to identify ways to combine resources and services in a manner that will benefit the various constituencies who utilize our services and programs, thereby creating a borderless existence between Bellarmine University and the Louisville community.
Sample of Co-curricular Activities
Mr. Ben Ruiz, CEO Adhawks Advertising and Public Relations
Ms. Karen Powers, Director of Women’s Center, University of Louisville
Dr. Leonard Harris, Purdue University
Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Senior Pastor, St. Stephen Church
Documentaries and Films
Brown is the New Green
The Bible Tells Me So (cosponsored by GLASS)
Through My Lens
Cultural, Social and Musical
The Intersection of Politics and Religion (cosponsored by the Political
Science Club and Theology Department)
Huber’s Farm (cosponsored by the International Program Office)
Women and Vocation (cosponsored by the Campus Ministry and The Career Development Center)
Bellarmine Volunteer Day (cosponsored by Campus Ministry and Student Government Association)
E & S Galler-Art Display
An Evening of Music by African American Composers (cosponsored by the Music Department)